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Beyond Good & Evil, PC

Michel Ancel (the creator of Rayman) and his team produced a video gaming classic in 2003 with Ubisoft‘s Beyond Good & Evil.

It is a pseudo sci-fi fantasy, third-person action/adventure where you control a young woman called Jade, with a pig sidekick called Pey’j, and who is battling against the sinister “DomZ”.

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Scuba Dive, Commodore 64

Scuba Dive on the Commodore 64 must rate as one of the worst conversions of all time.

The ZX Spectrum original is an enjoyable and playable classic.

This version is a joke… The first area is just a single screen (unlike the original, where the surface was explorable over a number of screens). The sea creatures are blocky and look ridiculous. The graphics overall are pathetic (especially the scrolling, which makes the side panel judder when exploring the undersea caves), and the gameplay is a pale imitation of the imperious Spectrum version.

Whoever made this version of Scuba Dive for Durrell Software did a terrible job, quite frankly. It should have been much, much better.

Scuba Dive, ZX Spectrum

Scuba Dive (Durell Software, 1983) features such a simple game idea, but one that works exceptionally well on the ZX Spectrum.

Diving deep down, past guardian octopus, and into a complex series of underwater caves looking for treasure… It’s tense stuff, as you swim as quickly as possible on the lookout for pearls, treasure chests, and air refill stations.

Bang your head on a rock and you lose what you’re carrying. And to score points you have to return your plunder to the boat floating on the surface. It’s a tall order, but Scuba Dive is very playable, so it’s fun at least trying.

Level 1 is the easiest level, with fewer sharks and predatory fish (touch one and you’re dead), and Level 4 is so insanely jam packed with deadly creatures that there’s a question over whether it’s possible to progress at all.

Scuba Dive is a must-play Speccy classic. Forget the Commodore 64 version – it’s absolutely terrible. ZX Spectrum Scuba Dive is the one to play.